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Captain (Royal Navy)|Captain '''James Cook''' (7 November 1728Old Style and New Style dates|Old style date: 27 October14 February 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland (island)|Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and joined the Royal Navy in 1755. He saw action in the Seven Years' War, and subsequently surveyed and mapped much of the entrance to the Saint Lawrence River during the Battle of the Plains of Abraham|siege of Quebec. This helped bring Cook to the attention of the Admiralty and Royal Society. This...
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